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Target for Today!

Target for Today (formerly Bombs Away!) will be an updated version of B-17 Queen of the Skies by Bob Best, Steve Dixon and Shawn Rife. Much will be added, and it will retain the ease of play of the original.

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Comment by Steve Dixon on April 19, 2016 at 1:58pm

Target for Today -- B-24 Squadron Mission
Part 1
by Alan Iott

Allen Iott has sent an AAR for his B-24 using the squadron rules:

Target for today Squadron Synopsis (8th AF/1st DIV/2nd Wing/44th Group/66th Sqdrn/B24)

The group has been assembled and the target for today is the airfield at Woensdrecht. We have good weather over the base and takeoff is around the corner. Middle Cell with Squadron Lead took off with no incidents and then that cell was aloft and circling. Next came High Cell which took off with no incidents and finally the Low Cell took off with #13 Flossie Flirt had the #1 engine catch fire but they were able to put the fire out but then circled after all planes launched and then landed which scratched them from the mission. Bomber #14 Queen Ann became lead and my ship, Hell’s Kitten was bomber #15 and the rest of Low Cell launched successfully and airborne.

Zone 2 (Gazeteer -2/W)

Weather is 50% cloud cover and all 17 bombers got through the malfunction check with the exception of bomber #3 Wing Dinger which suffered a ball turret power failure. The ball turret gunner will have to manually move his gun during combat. My bomber was attacked by two Fw-190’s with one at 12 high and the other at 1:30 high. The fighter cover drove off the 190 at 1:30 high and my nose and top turret hit the 190 with an FCA but the fighter missed and the tail got an FCA on the passing shot. On the squadron level, the low cell was attacked and bomber #16 Umbriago shot down a FW-190. Moving onto the next zone.

Zone 3 (Gazeteer N/A)

Weather is Haze with no contrails and Bomber #8 Scrappy and an oil leak on #1 engine but there was no fire and the leak stopped and bomber #18 lost all turbo superchargers and aborted and dropped below 10,000 and turned back to base and bomber #17 Fascinatin Witch has become tail end Charlie for the low cell. There was no German resistance in this area and the other 16 bombers continue ahead.

Zone 4 (TARGET ZONE)

Weather is 100% cloud cover with no contrails with good fighter cover and all bombers passed malfunction check. My bomber was attacked by three waves with the first being attacked by FW-190 at 1030 low and another 190 at 1:30 high but these were driven off by the fighter cover. The next wave consisted of a 190 at 12 high and another at 10:30 high which was driven off by fighter cover and my nose and top turret hit and killed the 190 at 12 high. The third wave consisted of 190 at 6 low but this was driven off by the fighter cover. ON the squadron level, the high cell was attacked and bomber #12 Jenny was missed by German fighter. Target visibility is mostly obscured and flak was light. My bomber and the other 16 bombers came through the flak and lined up for the bomb drop. My bomber was on target with 20% while the squadron was on target with 94% percent average. Entire squadron turned for home with additional flak as light. My bomber and the rest of the squadron got through the flak and my bomber got jumped by two waves with the first being an ME110 at 1:30 low, Me110 9 level and an ME110 vertical climb and a ME410 coming at 6 level. The fighter cover managed to drive two of the German fighters which left the 110 vertical climb which became FBOA by the ball turret and the ME410 at 6 level which got FBOA by the tail gunner but the ace fighter pilot hit my bomber 3 times, twice in the tail with a superficial damage and then shot out the port elevator and managed to get a wing root on the left wing. He came around for another pass but the fighter group sent him packing. The next wave was two ME210 with one at 1030 level and one at 6 low and a ME410 at 12 high. Again the fighter cover drove two away leaving the Me410 which was dispatched by the nose and top turret. On the squadron level, there were no attacks by German fighters and the squadron moved to the next zone.

Comment by Steve Dixon on April 19, 2016 at 1:58pm

Target for Today -- B-24 Mission with Squadron Rules
Part II
by Alan Iott

Zone3

Weather was 50% cloud with no contrails with fair fighter cover. All bombers pass malfunction check with the exception of bomber #16 which lost the super turbo charger for #2 engine and thus lost #2 engine. She still maintained formation. A Me109 at 130 high appeared but was driven off by fighter cover. On squadron level, no fighters were encountered and moving to next zone.

Zone 2

Weather was 50% cloud cover with contrails with fair fighter cover. All bombers pass malfunction check with the exceptions of bomber #8 Scrappy who lost controls to the ailerons and bomber #11 Lili Marlene which lost ball turret power. No fighters encountered and the squadron is now preparing to land.

Home Field

Weather was poor and bombers started to land. My bomber landed quite hard but will be repaired before the next mission. All of the remaining 15 bombers landed safely with the exception of the following bombers due to the weather: Bombers #2 Lady Luck; #3 Wing Dinger; #7 K for King. The Squadron 18 bombers took off with 2 aborts, 3 crashed while landing and 13 bombers returned.

Comment by Ron Plunk on March 30, 2016 at 4:15pm

Nice!

Comment by Steve Dixon on March 30, 2016 at 2:58pm

Part II of the Squadron Mission:

Zone 7
Weather is 100% cloud cover and all bombers cleared malfunctions check.  Fighters attack the middle cell but misses on any hits on bomber#1 Bachelor’s den and moving to next zone.

Zone 6
Weather is clear and contrails can be seen and all bombers cleared malfunctions check. Fighters attack low cell and bomber #16 Feather Merchant takes 4 hits. Squadron moves to next zone.

Zone 5
Weather again is clear but no contrails can be seen and all but Bomber #11 Darling Lee which lost instrument control on flaps cleared malfunction check. No fighters were encountered in zone and moving to next zone.

Zone 4
Weather was clear again and contrails formed. All bombers cleared malfunction check and fighters attacked the middle cell but missed bomber #1 Bachelor’s Den. Squadron now moving to the next zone.

Zone 3
Weather was haze with no contrails to be seen. All bombers passed malfunction check and no fighters encountered. The squadron is moving onto the next zone.

Zone 2
Weather was 100% cloud cover with no contrails. All bombers passed malfunction checks with the exception of bomber #15 Dorothy which lost all four turbochargers and in essence lost all four engines. The pilot decided to land at an auxiliary field instead of bailing out. The pilot, Engineer, Ball Turret gunner, Left and right waist came away with light wounds while the bombardier, navigator, radio operator and tail gunner escaped unscathed but the co-pilot was seriously wounded and later invalided home. The squadron is now preparing to land.

Home Field
Weather was good and bombers started to land.  Remaining 14 bombers landed safely.   18 bombers took off with 2 aborts, 1 shot down, 1 landed at auxiliary field and 14 bombers returned.

Comment by Steve Dixon on March 30, 2016 at 2:58pm

With TFT you get optional rules to fly as part of a squadron. You fly your plane per normal rules, but the rest of the squadron is abstracted. The following Mission Report of a squadron mission is from Allen Iott. Zones to the target are in part 1.

Target for Today Squadron Synopsis

The group has been assembled and the target for today is Saint Nazaire and the U-boat pens.  We have good weather over the base and takeoff is around the corner. Middle Cell with Squadron Lead took off with one bomber (#5 Flak Shy Lady) with a possible malfunction which turned out to be a false alarm and then that cell was aloft and circling. Next came High Cell which took off with no incidents and finally the Low Cell with my ship, #13 Pistol Packin’ Mama as cell lead. All Low Cell launched successfully and airborne except for #14, Dol which had the #1 engine catch fire but they were able to put the fire out but they circled after all planes launched and then landed which scratched them from the mission.

Zone 2 (Gazeteer N/A)
Weather is 50% cloud cover and all 17 bombers got through the malfunction check.

Zone 3 (Gazeteer N/A)
Weather is 50% cold cover and Bomber #9 Cocko the Walk lost power to all heated suits and aborted and dropped to 10,000 feet and turned back to base. The other 16 bombers continue ahead.

Zone 4
Weather is clear and there are contrails with good fighter cover and all bombers passed malfunction check. My bomber is attacked by FW-190 at 9 low and ME109 at 12 level. The fighter cover drives off the 190 at 9 low and my nose and top turret miss the 109 but the fighter misses too and the tail misses on the passing shot.  ON the squadron level, the high cell is attacked and bomber #11 Darling Lee (Tail end Charlie for high cell) took 4 hits. Moving onto next zone.

Zone 5
Weather is Hazy with no contrails with good fighter cover. All bombers pass malfunction check.  No fighters encountered and moving to next zone.

Zone 6
Weather was 100% cloud cover and Recall check was negative and all bomber passed malfunction check. No fighters encountered and moving to next zone.

Zone 7
Weather again 100% cloud cover and recall check was negative. All bombers passed malfunction check except #5 Flak Shy Lady with instruments for the ailerons and #7 Eradicator which is the Middle Cell Leader with Bomb release mechanism not working and that will have to use manual release. No fighters encountered and moving to next zone.

Zone 8 (TARGET ZONE)
Weather was 50% cloud cover and the target was mostly obscured. All 16 bombers pass the malfunction phase. The first wave of fighters roll 32 was 190 6 low and as cell leader 109 12 level. The 109 was shot down by the top turret (new ace) and nose and the 190 were downed by ball turret and tail guns. The next wave was 53 was a 109 at 9 level, 12 high and 12 level. Top turret took out the 109 at 12 high and the ball turret (new ace and left waist took out the 109 at 9 level. The remaining 109 at 12 level was missed by the nose gun and then missed the bomber.  As for the rest of the squadron, bomber 10 Chastain’s Kindergarten damaged a fighter. Flak was medium and hit my bomber, Pistol Packin’ Mama in the right wing causing a fire in engine #4 and despite best efforts, the fire spread and engulfed the wing and the pilot ordered everyone to bailout. 10 out of 10 parachutes deployed and everyone landed okay except out of the 10 crewman, only one was rescued by the French and sent back to England while the others were captured and became POWs. The squadron had one bomber #15 Dorothy take one hit from Flak but the squadron continued to the target and most were on target with an average of 29%. The squadron then turned for home.

Additional flak check for squadron yielded no further hits on squadron.  No fighters encountered and moving to next zone.

Comment by Steve Dixon on December 1, 2015 at 9:59pm

Target for Today has hit 300 pre-orders! Thanks everyone!

Comment by Steve Dixon on October 17, 2015 at 1:07pm

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Comment by Steve Dixon on September 18, 2015 at 9:38pm
Target for today now on pre-sale! http://www.legionwargames.com/legion_TFT.html
Comment by Steve Dixon on September 7, 2015 at 7:06pm
Ray, rules have not been posted as of yet. Awaiting final graphics from Randy. I am hoping it goes on presage later tonight or tomorrow. Keeping fingers crossed!
Comment by Ray LaBarbera on September 7, 2015 at 6:56pm

Been waiting for this one for a while.  And I am not the only one based on comments at the B-17 tournament at Celesticon.  I see no problem with it making its numbers for publication once its hits the CPO.  Have the rules been posted anywhere (have not seen them in my usual haunts)

 

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